Microsoft Corporation is no longer providing support for Windows XP, and Better Business Bureau is warning consumers and businesses that they need to take immediate steps to secure their computers and data.
Starting April 8, 2014, the company will not provide technical support or security updates for the 12-year-old XP operating system, or for its Office 2003 software suite (which includes Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.). This means users will become more vulnerable to computer viruses and malware. Some security experts have speculated that scammers are waiting to launch XP attacks after support ends, so there may be an increase in malware activity in the coming weeks and months.
Better Business Bureau is offering consumers and businesses the following tips:
BBB offers businesses its free Data Security – Made Simpler, a step-by-step manual to help businesses take proactive steps to secure their data and strengthen trust with their customers. “Safeguard privacy,” including protecting customer data, is one of the eight BBB Standards for Trust that accredited businesses must pledge to uphold.
For more than 100 years, BBB has been helping consumers find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2013, consumers turned to BBB 132 million times for Business Reviews on more than 4.5 million companies and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. BBB of South Central Louisiana, Inc. has been serving the local community since 1950 and services the parishes of Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, Tangipahoa, West Baton Rouge & West Feliciana.